Scaling Agricultural Transition: Understanding Why Agriculture Is The Way It Is & Then ID Leverage Points

By Elizabeth Reaves & Hal Hamilton   Large-scale commodity agriculture functions the way it does for understandable reasons. But that hardly means it needs to remain stuck in the status quo. A shift to a more regenerative system is both necessary and achievable. This blog draws from a report and publicly available tools developed as…

Businesses are Cultivating Regenerative Agriculture: Watch Out for 3 Potential Traps

By Elizabeth Reaves and Hal Hamilton   Regenerative agriculture – a term covering a broad range of sustainable farming practices, many of them as old as agriculture itself – is a topic of increasing interest for farmers and ag companies. How can businesses best contribute to the growth and flourishing of regenerative agriculture? What are…

The Role of Procurement, Marketing & Finance in Investing in Regenerative Agriculture to Mitigate Climate Risk

By Elizabeth Reaves & Hal Hamilton   Within a food and beverage company, climate risk affects each function in different ways – and each of these functions can help farmers mitigate and adapt to that risk. This blog draws from a report and a publicly available slide deck on climate risk developed as part of…

New Scale Lab Report: Regenerative Agriculture and the Role of Companies in Galvanizing Systems Change

Culminating in this report and accompanying resources, the Food Lab and Midwest Row Crop Collaborative led a group of ten companies and The Nature Conservancy to develop an exciting and practical road map for growing regenerative ag across the landscape. Click here to download the report.

Australia Cool Soil Initiative Grows to 1.5 million Acres

Check out this video featuring Kellogg’s work on Cool Soil Initiative in Australia. The Cool Soil Initiative was launched in 2017 under the leadership of Mars Petcare and in 2020, expanded to include major food manufacturers in Australia including Kelloggs, Manildra Group, Allied Pinnacle, as well as the Food Agility CRC and leading researchers at…

Trailblazers in Soil Health: No-till on the Plains

Photo shows Steve Swaffar, Executive Director of No-till on the Plains (left) with Jim Johnson, Agronomist at Noble Research Institute (right) examining soil. Steve is an active SHLL member, passionate about his work, attending every meeting, sharing his experiences openly and providing thoughtful questioning and feedback to his peers. No-till on the Plains is a…

System leadership is not just desirable; it’s necessary to deliver impact

By Hal Hamilton The Sustainable Food Lab has two objectives: 1) deliver impacts in the ways that supply chains affect people and nature, and 2) increase the capabilities of “system leaders” who make those impacts happen. Desirable impacts on farming systems—ecological and social—require shifts in the enabling conditions for farmer and business decisions, and those…